Exodus 4 – 6

Exodus 4:18-6:9

  1. Contrast 4:29-31with 5:20, 21. What had happened to change the people’s attitude? How did Moses react?
  2. Consider God’s answer to Moses’ cry. What does it teach us about the faithfulness of God and the reliability of his promises?



  1. 4:24.This seems to mean that Moses was struck down by a severe and dangerous illness, the result of his neglect to circumcise his son; and his life was saved by Zipporah’s prompt action. He could not act as God’s instrument while in disobedience to his covenant. Cf. Gen. 17:10.
  2. 6:3. ‘Did not make myself known’: i.e., as One whose name is ‘the LORD’ or ‘I AM’. Cf. 3:14. Once only in Genesis did God use that name of himself, and then without emphasis or explanation (Gen. 28:13).


Exodus 6:10-7:25

  1. God had called Moses and promised deliverance to the people. Why did he delay so long in fulfilling his promise? What did Moses learn from these difficult experiences and delays?
  2. Why was Pharaoh so confident and so adamant in disobeying God’s command? See particularly 7:11-13, 22, 23. How does this king of opposition to God show itself now? Cf. 2 Tim. 3:1-9.

Note.6:12. ‘Of uncircumcised lips’: uncircumcision symbolizes unfitness for God’s presence, and hence, more generally, unfitness for his service. Cf. 4:10.


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